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Summer Swelter Ale - Baxter Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
79
okay

132 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 18.26%
Wants: 7
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Baxter Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our first unfiltered offering, Summer Swelter Ale is the perfect warm weather beer! Summer Swelter Ale is light and refreshing while still keeping your taste buds interested. The malt base features a hefty dose of wheat for a big, fluffy head and a soft, round body, yet keeps the beer drinkable even during the dog days. The light malt character is more than balanced by a blend of citrusy American hops, giving Swelter a crisp bitterness without being overpowering. The hoppy citrus aroma complements the ingredients that make this beer so unique: lemon and lime peel, Kaffir lime leaves, and lemongrass provide an subtle yet unmistakeable floral nose and just a touch of bracing tartness, taking the refreshment of Swelter to the next level.

(Beer added by: Jason on 04-21-2012)
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Reviews by Boto:
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3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught: This one pours a clear golden color. There was a decent sized white head on it that left some lacing. It has a lighter nose. Nice, but not much to it. Maybe some wheat, lemon and spices. The taste is good, but a little light also. Floral and earthy notes. OK

Boto, Mar 13, 2014
More User Reviews:
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #67 (August 2012):

LOOK: Hazed yellow glow, good frothing

SMELL: Herbal, mineral, citrus rind, grassy, biscuits, lime juice

TASTE: Lighter body, smooth, macerated limes, herbal, lime leaves, lemon rind, fresh grass, grainy, bitter; slightly dry, bready finish

Not your typical summer brew—rather than just pushing out the usual citrus-infused Wheat or Blonde Ale, Baxter uses both lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves on top of the lemon and lime additions. Each sip smacks of all of this. Stays drinkable and keeps our palates in check. Baxter, making the summer interesting.

BeerAdvocate, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
2.79/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from the can, part of a sampler 12 pack.

An unattractive beer. Hazy yellow, with a nice size white head that left some lace. But a lot of particulate matter that sedimented on the bottom of the glass.

Strong citrus aroma, a little wheat.

Strong citrus taste, particularly lime. Not much else to taste

Metallic lime mouthfeel, harsh.

Not a beer to drink again. I poured two to see if the first can was an anomaly; it wasn't.

lordofthewiens, Jun 01, 2012
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1/5  rDev -71%

SunDevilBeer, Jul 23, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Fiore757, Jun 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

GreenMountainBoy, Jun 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

alienlifeforcecube, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of Cavanaghty
3.66/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy yellow with a thick white head, no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Pine and lemons for the most part, with some hints of other citrus fruits and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste bitter and sour from the lemons, with some grassy wheat notes as well.

Overall: Not bad, I have had it a couple times now, and I would drink this if it was offered to me again.

Cavanaghty, Jul 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Janeinma, Apr 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Hairrrrrrrr, May 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

briandaube, Jul 04, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +33.3%

Dillonius, Aug 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

Larrydoherty, Jun 04, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

mjstacker, Sep 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

ChrisL24481, Jul 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

apasternak, May 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

somelikehops, Jul 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

Snellgg5, Jul 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

Craftonly23121, May 25, 2013
Photo of puboflyons
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. can stamped on the bottom with "Penguin-04-07-14-SSA5661. " Sampled on June 18, 2014

It has a cloudy, foggy pale yellow pour with a modest white fizzy head that eventually fades down.

The thing about the aroma is that it has a kind of olive oil or buttery sensation with those pale malts and crisp, clean hops. Sometimes that's bad but in this case it seems to balance out well.

The body is light and refreshing.

The taste has a nice toasted biscuit malt character but unlike the aroma there is more of a citrus-like character kicking in. This works on a hot day like today.

puboflyons, Jun 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -13%

Std73, Jul 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

WhitmansNiece, May 17, 2014
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3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can.
A) Pours with a big white head that slowly settles leaving big bubble lacing at the edge of the glass. Unfiltered hazy yellow gold body. Semi-sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Fruity notes of orange and lemon. Grainy. Not overly aromatic.
T) Definitely pick out the spice from the first sip - Lemongrass and Kaffir lime. Other citrus notes mix in well. Noticeable hops in the in finish.
M) Light bodied. Smooth and creamy. Slightly dry in the finish.
O) A delicious brew for a hot day. The spices are a pleasant addition.

u2carew, Aug 14, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -34.8%

tango22, Jul 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

jstout26, Aug 14, 2014
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Summer Swelter Ale from Baxter Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.